CS2: removing bits from a pic

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Mrs BeebleBrock, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. I have several photos with items in them that need removing. That bit is
    easy - the tricky bit is making the replacement pixels look natural.

    If I just delete the unwanted portion, the healing and patch tools don't
    have any impact on the transparent gap that has been left. Flattening
    the image to leave a white gap doesn't seem to help either. So what I've
    been doing is this:

    1) Unlock background layer
    2) Select and delete the offending item
    3) Sample colour from adjacent pixels and paint in the empty area
    4) Use patch or heal tool to get the replacement pixels looking more
    like their surrounding ares
    5) Use the blur tool to smooth out the differences between sections.

    The result is fine for web use, but these pics may be needed for print.

    Being Photoshop, of course there are numerous ways to achieve anything.
    I'd be really interested to know what methods others employ in this

    Thanks in advance for your comments.
    Mrs BeebleBrock, Feb 14, 2006
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  2. Mrs BeebleBrock

    C J Southern Guest

    When you're using the healing and patch tools you don't "delete" anything
    first - using the tool will overwrite the areas selected with the new
    information and use the adjacent pixels to blend in the new pixels
    automatically, depending on what options you set.
    C J Southern, Feb 14, 2006
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  3. Mrs BeebleBrock

    tacit Guest

    Ouch. Doing this well for professional print work requires considerable

    When I do this, I don't use the healing or patch tools; nothing can
    replace a human eye and a human brain. I use the clone tool, and remove
    the offending item by hand, painting in the background as appropriate.
    tacit, Feb 14, 2006
  4. Thanks guys.
    Mrs BeebleBrock, Feb 14, 2006
  5. Mrs BeebleBrock

    Hunt Guest

    Tacit has given the first steps that I would look into to "remove," an
    unwanted object in PS. If you find that the Clone and Patch/Heal are not quite
    getting it done for you, you might want to look at areas of the image to try
    and find something that you would like to have "replace" the offending object,
    say a protion of near-by tablecloth to replace a fork in a dining room
    photograph. I'd use the Marquee, or Lasso tool to get the size of area that I
    need, making sure to extend beyond the fork, in this example. Move that
    Selection to an area of tablecloth, that is similar to what you would have
    had, if the fork were not there. Ctrl-c (Copy), then Ctrl-v (Paste) that area
    of tablecloth onto its own, new Layer. Click the Layer Mask icon, bottom left
    of the Layers Palette, and then position the new Layer (tablecloth) over the
    fork. If it doesn't match/blend quite right, make the Layer Mask active (extra
    black border around the Layer Mask icon in Layers Paletter - and check
    Channels, just to make sure that the LayerX Mask is active), get a soft-edged
    brush and paint in the Layer Mask, at its edges. If you paint too much, just
    hit X and un-paint. You still may have to do some additional work, such as an
    Adjustment Layer for your new tablecloth, to match up where the fork was, but
    it might be easier, and more pleasing to your eye, than working with the Clone
    Tool in tiny areas. Just another way of doing it.

    Hunt, Feb 15, 2006
  6. Hi Hunt, thanks for your suggestion. That's a great idea.
    Unfortunately in these cases, the objects I was removing left several
    different items so it wasn't possible to do it this time.

    Mrs BeebleBrock, Feb 16, 2006
  7. Mrs BeebleBrock

    Hunt Guest

    And, just as you said in an earlier post to this thread - there are many ways
    to do things in Photoshop.

    Hope you were able to get the Clone Tool, and Patch/Heal Tool, to work in your

    Hunt, Feb 16, 2006
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